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Health & Welfare Plans Newsletter

January 24, 2022

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[Guidance Overview]

States Update Reporting Obligations for Group Health Plan Sponsors

"While ERISA continues to preempt certain state regulation of private employers' group health plans, some state reporting requirements for group health plan sponsors have moved forward.... Some reports due in 2022 for the 2021 coverage year will follow the same schedule as the IRS deadlines to file federal Forms 1094/1095. Some jurisdictions have indicated they will accept the federal forms that group health plan sponsors or other MEC providers must send to IRS and won't require duplicative statements to residents."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

CMS Updates Guidance and Deadlines for Mandated COVID-19 Vaccination of Healthcare Workers

"Facilities may be subject to enforcement action for failure to maintain 100% compliance with the CMS COVID-19 Vaccine standards after March 28, 2022, for Group 1 States, after April 14, 2022, for Group 2 States, or after April 18, 2022, for Texas.... CMS indicated that non-compliance does not necessarily lead to termination, and facilities will have opportunities to get back into compliance."  MORE >>


[Guidance Overview]

Challenged in Court: Dispute Resolution Rules in Second Federal No Surprises Act Interim Final Regs

"[The Second 'No Surprises Act' (NSA) Rules] have sparked a series of federal lawsuits against these agencies ... brought by providers, hospitals, and medical associations alleging that the Rules unlawfully create advantages to the payors that were not intended by the NSA.... Here is an overview of how the NSA claims submission process works and, if necessary, how the IDR process works."  MORE >>

Health Law Advisor, Epstein Becker Green

How Are Private Insurers Covering At-Home Rapid COVID Tests?

"At this time, about half of the insurers reviewed are implementing their testing coverage policy using only reimbursement.... The remaining half of the top insurers had a direct coverage option set up ... Enrollees in plans with a direct coverage option may have reimbursement limited to $12 per test if a test is purchased outside of this option."  MORE >>

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Why Medicare Doesn't Pay for Rapid At-Home COVID Tests

"[L]aws governing traditional Medicare don't provide for coverage of self-administered diagnostic tests, which is precisely what the rapid antigen tests are.... Medicare patients are left to seek free tests other ways ... The Medicare program does cover rapid antigen or PCR testing done by a lab without charging beneficiaries, but there's a hitch: It's limited to one test per year unless someone has a doctor's order."  MORE >>

Kaiser Health News

Benefits in General

Preparing for New Employee Benefit Plans Audit Standards

"Determine whether the plan qualifies for an ERISA Section 103(a)(c)(3) audit.... Be prepared for additional information requests.... Be open to additional audit feedback for ways to strengthen your plan."  MORE >>

Clark Schaefer Hackett

Top Employee Benefit Trends for 2022 (PDF)

"[1] More ESG (environment, social and governance) investment options in workplace savings plans.... [2] Addition of retirement income options as a part of a workplace savings plans.... [3] 'Dependent-related benefits' that provide a range of caregiving support, spanning from daycare to elder care.... [4] Helping employees create an emergency savings fund to address financial emergencies.... [5] Student debt repayment options."  MORE >>


Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Member Services Supervisor
for DC Retirement Board Member Services Supervisor

DC Retirement Board

Remote / Washington DC

View job as Member Services Supervisor
for DC Retirement Board

View job as Pension Administrator
for Actuaries Unlimited, Inc. Pension Administrator

Actuaries Unlimited, Inc.

Remote / Los Angeles CA

View job as Pension Administrator
for Actuaries Unlimited, Inc.

View job as Plan Administrator
for NFP Corp Plan Administrator

NFP Corp

Appleton WI

View job as Pension Defined Benefit Plan Administrator (Entry Level)
for MGKS Pension Defined Benefit Plan Administrator (Entry Level)


Remote / Phoenix AZ

View job as DC Administrator with a Life!
for Nova 401(k) Associates DC Administrator with a Life!

Nova 401(k) Associates

Remote / Houston TX / Dallas TX / Scottsdale AZ

View job as MEP/PEP Relationship Manager
for Nova 401(k) Associates MEP/PEP Relationship Manager

Nova 401(k) Associates

Remote / Houston TX / Dallas TX / Scottsdale AZ

View job as Client Transition Supervisor
for Alerus Client Transition Supervisor



Press Releases

TriNet Teams with Empower to Provide an Industry-leading TriNet 401(k) Plan for Clients

TriNet Group

Webcasts and Conferences
(Health & Welfare Plans)

The Long and Short of It in Healthcare Cost Trends

January 26, 2022 WEBCAST

Conference of Consulting Actuaries

Last Issue's Most Popular Items

Correcting Missed Cafeteria Plan Contributions


Illinois Employers Face New Health Coverage Reporting Requirement

Michael Best

New Audit Responsibilities for Plan Sponsors Take Effect

Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article

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